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A Future That Gets Cons Excited

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Repairing social issues or active industries to profit from?

In the US – the world’s largest incarceration system – cities are literally begging state and federal authorities to build prisons in their regions.  In fact, in the wake of the mortgage and housing crisis that is still evolving in the US, most abandoned communities desperately need something like this to keep their communities from complete collapse.

Escape from New York seems like such an impossibility now given the level of lobbying that will happen on every level to be the ‘next big prison jurisdiction’.

Canadians should take note.  Unfortunately, these will be positioned as the holy grail beside defense industry contracts to keep people ‘gainfully’ employed, but what kind of society will we have when all of our economic production and contribution is rooted in violence and fear?

With Stephen Harper promising to build a network of billions of dollars worth of prisons, will our community leaders be jumping at the chance to host these institutions?

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 55 (Greyrock – Bringing it Home, II)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 55 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index

“You’ll be in charge of a very special unit,” one stuffy looking old man said to him from across the hall.

It was still light out and the meeting that Len Daniels was invited to had assumed a formal feel very quickly. All of the chit chat and murmuring stopped quickly when a single person came to the door and clapped a very old and dusty looking book. Daniels tried to see what it was, but there were too many people around him to get a good look. He also knew that all of his actions were being closely monitored. If he looked like he was trying too hard or showed any sign of doing something out of turn, the group would become silent and he’d ruin his initiation, which is what he suspected this was. Continue reading